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Writing to the Internet Explorer Cache

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An article on reading files from and writing files to Internet Explorer's cache.

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This article shows how to read a file from Internet Explorer's cache, and write a file to the cache.

Reading from the cache

Retrieving the local cache file name of a URL is simple. You call GetUrlCacheEntryInfo with the URL, and it will return the local file name. The function will return TRUE if the URL is in the cache, and FALSE otherwise. Then, you simply read the page and display it, or do whatever you want with it. Alternatively, you could use the function RetrieveUrlCacheEntryFile or RetrieveUrlCacheEntryStream to return the file or stream directly to your application.

CString strURL;
//get the url to read
//set up the cache entry
DWORD dwBufferSize = 4096;
  (LPINTERNET_CACHE_ENTRY_INFO) new char[dwBufferSize];
lpCacheEntry->dwStructSize = dwBufferSize;
//retrieve the cache entry
if (GetUrlCacheEntryInfo(strURL,lpCacheEntry,
    &dwBufferSize) == TRUE)
    //navigate to the local page
//delete the entry structure
delete lpCacheEntry;

Writing files to the cache

Writing files to the cache is a little more complicated. It requires a couple function calls. One method is to use URLDownloadToCacheFile. I am behind a proxy, and so URLDownloadToFile will not work for me. The method I use is just as simple. You first call CreateUrlCacheEntry with the URL and file type and a holder for the cache file name. The function will return a cache file name of where the URL is to be copied. Next, you write the data to the returned cache file. I use a simple local test page as the source of the file to be written, and copy its contents to the cache file. Finally, you call CommitUrlCacheEntry to finalize the entry into the cache. When calling this method, you specify the URL, the cache file name returned in CreateUrlCacheEntry, the expired and modified time if known, and a simple header. Use this header if none is known: (LPBYTE)"HTTP/1.0 200 OK\r\n\r\n".

CString strURL;
char lpszFileName[MAX_PATH+1];
//create a cache entry for the url
if (CreateUrlCacheEntry(strURL,0,"htm", 
    lpszFileName,0) == TRUE)
    /* //This would save to a local file
    //I did not use this function because I am behind a proxy
    //and the webcontrol does not work from behind a proxy
    //or if it does I could not find out how to make it work
    //Alternatively you could skip everything after this
    //and just use URLDownloadToCacheFile() */

    //But we copy the local file to the cache file
    char ch;

    //Open the file for reading.
    ifstream fp_read("testme.html", ios_base::in);
    //open the cache file for writing
    ofstream fp_write(lpszFileName, ios_base::out);

    while(fp_read.eof() != true)
        //Check for CR (carriage return)
        if((int)ch == 0x0D)
        if (!fp_read.eof())fp_write.put(ch);
    //create a null expire and modified time
    FILETIME ftExpireTime;
    ftExpireTime.dwHighDateTime = 0;
    ftExpireTime.dwLowDateTime = 0;
    FILETIME ftModifiedTime;
    ftModifiedTime.dwHighDateTime = 0;
    ftModifiedTime.dwLowDateTime = 0;
    //commit the cache entry
    //the HTTP/1.0 200 OK\r\n\r\n should be 
    //used for the header or else IE will not read it
    if (CommitUrlCacheEntry(strURL,lpszFileName, 
                (LPBYTE)"HTTP/1.0 200 OK\r\n\r\n", 
                20, NULL, NULL) == TRUE)
        //Navigate to the local file

That's all there is to it!


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Programming using MFC and ATL for almost 12 years now. Currently studying Operating System implementation as well as Image processing. Previously worked on DSP and the use of FFT for audio application. Programmed using ADO, ODBC, ATL, COM, MFC for shell interfacing, databasing tasks, Internet items, and customization programs.

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